Son of Sex Pistols manager to burn £5million of punk memorabilia in Camden
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The son of Dame Vivienne Westwood and Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren plans to burn £5million worth of punk memorabilia in Camden.
Agent Provocateur co-founder Joe Corré says the move is in protest at punk becoming “like a f***ing Museum piece.”
He plans to burn his collection in the market on November 26.
The event has been timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols’ 1976 hit Anarchy in the UK.
Punk London, an event that claims to celebrate the history of the subversive movement is taking the brunt of Mr Corré’s protest.
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The BFI, the British Library, and the Museum of London are all backing 2016 Punk London after it received a £99,000 grant from the Lottery Fund.
Mr Corré claims the event has also been backed by The Queen.
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Mr Corré said: “The Queen giving 2016, the Year of Punk, her official blessing is the most frightening thing I’ve ever heard.
“Talk about alternative and punk culture being appropriated by the mainstream. Rather than a movement for change, Punk has become like a f***ing Museum piece or a tribute act”.
The entrepreneur and social activist likened current conditions in the UK to those in 1976.
Mr Corré said: “A general malaise has now set in amongst the British public. People are feeling numb. And with numbness comes complacency.
“People don’t feel they have a voice any more.
“The most dangerous thing is that they have stopped fighting for what they believe in. They have given up the chase”.
And he continued: “We need to explode all the sh*t once more.”